Did you know an asteroid half the size of a football field will pass within 17,150 miles of earth Friday? That will be closer than some satellites circle the earth.
An asteroid half the size of a football field, around 150 feet wide, will pass the earth tomorrow early afternoon. This is record-setting as it is the largest object that NASA has ever seen pass this close by to earth. The asteroid, named 2012 DA14 will be closest to the earth around 2:25pm EST tomorrow afternoon. When it passes by, it will be closer than weather satellites and GPS satellites in orbit. You can find NASA's live stream below which will be a half hour commentary from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA starting at 2pm EST.
- Depiction of Asteroid 2012 DA14's path
Near real-time imagery of the flyby from astronomers in Australia and Europe will be made available at Noon EST tomorrow and can be found below.
There will be a Ustream available starting at 9pm EST tomorrow which will run for 3 hours showing the feed from a telescope at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.
I wanted to give a big thank you to our colleague Joe Witte for forwarding along this information to us.